Shih Tzu puppies are filled with personality. They are adorable and easy to love. Your Shih Tzu could entertain you all day with his antics and affection. But when it comes to training, he could be a tad bit stubborn. He’ll learn basic commands and fun tricks, but prepared to repeat commands several times before he bothers to care. Easy tricks should come with a huge price in the form of a delicious treat reward and lots of time training. When you start training your Shih Tzu easy tricks, he’ll start to see just how fun and rewarding learning can be and building new tricks will become easier.
Easy tricks are the best place to start with your puppy. Starting with the 'sit' command and building up to fun, simple tricks is a great place to start with basic training for your Shih Tzu. He will have fun, build his cuteness skills, and learn a few things too.
Don’t let anyone convince you your sweet Shih Tzu is too stubborn to train. That’s not true. Positive reward training works great for Shih Tzu pups because they are motivated by enticing rewards. But to keep your Shih Tzu engaged enough to learn even the simplest of tricks, he’ll need redirection as well. You’ll need to show him the opposite consequence if he doesn’t do the trick. If his rewards are not enticing enough, up the ante with some dried liver or tiny bits of cut up steak. Your Shih Tzu puppy will work for food. Start simple trick training as early as you can. Let your little guy know just how boring life can be without fun tricks. Start with one trick and repeat it several times before moving onto the next trick. This could take weeks.
In order to train even easy tricks, your Shih Tzu will need quiet and short training sessions with you. Make these free of distractions and keep them short so you can keep your fuzzball’s attention. Don’t forget those highly rewarding treats to entice as well as encourage him to keep learning. If you need to keep your little guy focused and in one place for training, you can place him on a leash to have better control over him.